A burial is a traditional method of honoring the body after
death, involving either burying the body in the earth in a cemetery, on your
private property, or a mausoleum. When a body is buried in the ground, it is
traditionally laid out in a casket or in a burial shroud, and placed in a plot
in the earth while loved ones watch and mourn. The plot is then covered, and
marked with a headstone or commemorative plate. When the body is entombed in a
crypt or mausoleum, it is laid out in a casket, which is then placed in a large
niche in the wall, usually reserved for that specific person, and then sealed.
If you have decided to bury the body of your loved on
private land here in Ohio, you should check with the county or town clerk for
any local zoning laws that much be followed before doing so. There should be a
map of the property conducted to locate the grave and then be filed with the
property deed. This is to ensure that in the future if your property goes up
for sale it is made clear to potential and interested buyers.
The family of the deceased has many different options to personalize a
burial and the service of their loved one. Typically, a burial service involves a visitation, followed by a funeral service
in a church, or other place of worship where a casket will be present and
decided upon whether to be open or closed.
What is opening and
closing and why is it so expensive?
Opening and closing fees can include up to and beyond 50 separate
services provided by the cemetery. Typically, the opening and closing fee
include administration and permanent record keeping (determining ownership,
obtaining permission and the completion of other documentation which may be
required, entering the interment particulars in the interment register,
maintaining all legal files); opening and closing the grave (locating the grave
and laying out the boundaries, excavating and filling the interment space);
installation and removal of the lowering device; placement and removal of
artificial grass dressing and coco-matting at the grave site, leveling,
tamping, re-grading and sodding the grave site and leveling and re-sodding the
grave if the earth settles.
Can we dig our own
grave to avoid the charge for opening and closing?
The actual opening and closing of the grave is just one component
of the opening and closing fee. Due to safety issues, which arise around
the use of machinery on cemetery property and the protection of other
grave sites, the actual opening and closing of the grave is conducted by
cemetery grounds personnel only.
Why is having a place
to visit so important?
To remember and to be remembered are natural human needs. A
permanent memorial in a cemetery provides a focal point for remembrance and
memorializing the deceased. Throughout human history, memorialization of
the dead has been a key component of almost every culture. Psychologists
say that remembrance practices, from the funeral or memorial service to
permanent memorialization, serve an important emotional function for survivors
by helping them bring closure and allowing the healing process to begin.
Providing a permanent resting place for the deceased is a dignified treatment
for a loved one’s mortal remains, which fulfills the natural human desire for
What happens when a
cemetery runs out of land?
When a cemetery runs out of land, it will continue to operate and
serve the community. Most cemeteries have crematoriums, and some historic
cemeteries even offer guided tours.
In a hundred years,
will this cemetery still be there?
We think of cemetery lands as being in perpetuity. There are
cemeteries throughout the world that have been in existence for hundreds of
How soon after or how
long after a death must an individual be buried?
There is no law that states a specific time from for burial.
Considerations that will affect timeline include the need to secure all permits
and authorizations, notification of family and friends, preparation of cemetery
site and religious considerations. Public heath laws may have limitations
on the maximum length of time allowed to pass prior to final disposition. Contact us for more details.
Does a body have to
be embalmed before it is buried?
No. Embalming is a choice which depends on factors like if
there is to be an open casket viewing of the body or if there is to be an
extended time between death and internment. Public health laws may
require embalming if the body is going to be transported by air or rail.
What options are
available besides ground burial?
Besides ground burial, some cemeteries offer interment in lawn
crypts or entombment in mausoleums. In addition, most cemeteries provide
choices for those who have selected cremation. These often include
placement of cremated remains in a niche of a columbarium or interment in an
What are burial
vaults and grave liners?
These are the outside containers into which the casket is
placed. Burial vaults are designed to protect the casket and may be made
of a variety or combination of materials including concrete, stainless steel,
galvanized steel, copper, bronze, plastic or fiberglass. A grave liner is
a lightweight version of a vault which simply keeps the grave surface from
Must I purchase a
Most large, active cemeteries have regulations that require the
use of a basic grave liner for maintenance and safety purposes. Either a
grave liner or a burial vault will satisfy these requirements. Some smaller
rural or churchyard cemeteries do not require use of a container to surround
the casket in the grave.